LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston police have responded to two incidents involving stolen vehicles over the last two weeks—including one incident in which the vehicle was stolen from a Livingston resident's driveway and another incident in which the suspects were operating a vehicle stolen out of West Orange and were wanted for a string of car burglaries in Millburn.
A Demarest Road resident contacted police just after 8 a.m. on July 9 upon discovering that a 2019 Chevy Traverse was missing from the driveway. According to police, the resident had left a key to the vehicle inside the center console.
The vehicle, which was equipped with On Star and police, was successfully tracked to East Orange, where Livingston detectives Angelo Vella and Det. Michael Spano located it parked in the rear parking lot of a church on Ashland Avenue. According to police, the Traverse was hidden from view from the street because it was parked behind a larger van.
When Vella approached the vehicle, he observed three people who were reclined in the seats and appeared to be sleeping inside. According to police, the front passenger saw the detective and alerted the driver, who immediately put the vehicle in gear and accelerated past the detective.
The driver crashed the vehicle through a fence and into an adjoining lot, then attempted to drive through a second chain-link fence to get to the street, police said. The vehicle became disabled in the second fence, and the occupants fled on foot.
The detectives were able to detain the front passenger, a 17-year-old male from East Orange, who was turned over to East Orange police for receiving stolen property. The Traverse was towed to Livingston police headquarters for follow-up investigation.
Just after 2 a.m. on June 30, Officer Andrew Danielsen was patrolling along South Orange Avenue when he saw a 2005 Toyota RAV 4 that appeared to be speeding prior to taking an abrupt turn onto East Hobart Gap Road.
According to police, the Toyota quickly accelerated and traveled into the dead-end portion of Canoe Brook Road, at which point the driver and passenger then fled the vehicle on foot into residential backyards.
Officers from Livingston and Millburn conducted a prolonged search and located both suspects on Fenton Drive in Millburn.
The driver and passenger, both 20 years old, were identified as Brazhon J. Lewr of Haddon Heights and Dalvens Pierre-Louis of Irvington, respectively. Both men where found to have omitted numerous car burglaries in Millburn after fleeing from Danielsen.
Police also discovered that the RAV 4 they were operating on June 30 had been stolen from a driveway in West Orange, and the owner was not aware the vehicle was missing at the time of the incident. According to police, the two men are suspected of committing numerous car burglaries in West Orange.
Livingston police charged both suspects with possessing a stolen motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.
Additionally, Pierre-Louis was charged with violating a court order for committing a crime while on pre-trial release. According to Livingston police, Millburn officers added charges for the car burglaries in their jurisdiction, and West Orange police are conducting follow-up investigation as well.
Livingston police also recently responded to a burglary at Lincare, an oxygen equipment supplier, which discovered $43,500 worth of respiratory equipment missing after returning from the 4th of July holiday weekend. CLICK HERE to read the full story.
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